Cassia fistula or Golden showers

This is Cassia fistula or commonly called as golden showers. Known as Kani Konna in Malayalam it is the State flower of Kerala State, India. It is used in preparing the Kani– on the Vishu festival which is the first day of the Malayalam year which usually falls on April 14. It is auspicious to see the Vishu Kani which will keep the year ahead as a prosperous one.   Cassia tree has a lot of medicinal properties and is called aragvadha, meaning “disease killer” in Ayurveda, the age-old Indian system of Medicine. 

Yesterday while driving back from office to home, I could see many Cassia trees fully bloom with their golden flowers hanging down so adorably.

Jatayu Earth Centre

Recently when I was in Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum (the capital city of Kerala, India), went to the Jatayu Earth Centre about 60km from Trivandrum. Situated in Kollam district of Kerala, this is the largest bird sculpture in the world. Sculpted by artist Rajiv Anchal, this is a joint initiative by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, Government of Kerala and built based on the story of Jatayu, the vulture which tried to save Sita, wife of Lord Ram as per Ramayana, the epic. Jatayu is supposed to have fought with Ravana (who kidnapped Sita to Srilanka) and succumbed to injuries. Thus Jatayu is portrayed as a protector of women and the earth centre is built on this concept.


The earth centre is still in construction and will have a mini-theatre inside it.


The head of Jatayu with the eyes as a window…


The sculpture is made of rock and concrete and the false colour image shows the intricacy of the work done by the artist Rajiv Anchal.